How many are reloading from home?

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  1. GW Staar

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    Indoor range....closed. Outdoor range....closed....and I'm in NW New Mexico where only one unfortunate soul, a firefighter, has been diagnosed positive. I'm a prime candidate for a NM fatality, since I'm 70, have asthma, recovering from a November heart attack.....fun. Skeered? Not really. Strong afterlife beliefs that families are forever, has something to do with it, most likely,.........and......I'm doing Linus Pauling's massive Vitamin C protocol of 12 grams of Vitamin C and 6 grams of Lysine per day to clear the 100% blocked widowmaker artery. What a coincidence: Chinese doctors are finding such high doses of C is saving Chinese lives from the new virus! So if I survive, that might be why....we will see.;)

    Now one of my good friends, a 40 year-old fellow shooter and ear nose and throat MD, is fighting for his life in a Northern Utah Hospital, after he fainted twice in a Wal Mart and had to be rushed to the emergency room....was tested positive for the virus.....now fighting to breathe with Pnuemonia. He took his family on a needed outing up there two weeks ago thinking it was about as safe as anywhere to get a break from his practice. No clue where he picked it up......hope he makes it back to his reloading, and shooting! If he makes it back alive, he will get the fame of being #2.

    I bought a Lee APP too.....mainly to give me something to do while I convalesce. It's a pretty fun project! The red on my mostly green covered bench reminds me of Christmas!:)
     
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  2. tightgroup tiger

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    GW,
    My heart is with you. I don't have any problems with health other than a worn out knee that needs replaced and that isn't happening anytime soon, but we have the vitamin C additives here and I'm going to start taking them in my water at work. I'll be 61 this year, I haven't been sick for a day since 1985 when my twin brother brought home a Mexican strain of the flu and it almost killed him, me, and Dad. Man were we sick.
    Anyways, other than the common cold, I haven't got the flu since. My wife has had it many time over the years and I never got it. I would get to feeling crappy for a couple days but that was always the extent of it.
    The last time she had the flu which was last year, she almost died of Pneumonia, ended up in the hospital. I got my normal two days of feeling crappy and it was over.
    But I'm not taking a chance with this thing, it's the ones you don't see coming that do the most damage.

    I'm glad I'm still working (essential business) so I don't have too much time to think about the virus. But I'm more worried about my wife, she's a bad Asthmatic.

    I looked at the APP but wanted all of you to wring it out first to see if it was worth the money. I'm still not convinced with it yet, but if I were stuck at home I would also have to have a reloading toy to keep my mind off my problems.
    And what better toy than a new reloading press that is supposed to do all these wonderful things, and is cheap. It don't get no better than that if it pans out.

    Anyways, I don't get any time off to play, so carry on with that APP and let us know what you and the other new owners learn about it.
     
  3. GW Staar

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    I've been pestering everyone with my experiences with it on the APP thread that just now devolved to page 2!:) Other than utter dumbness shown on my part, trying out the swager, it's been a blast. Even the swager works.......if you follow ALL of the directions. I like the press. Has a few annoyances, but fixable so far. I even bought a Lee quick mount which isn't quite as stout and inflexible as I hoped, but I'm not done. When you run out of room, the quick mount solution looked like a plan......wanted to use the spot my bench primer is bolted to. The idea is to mount that on a second plate....except it don't fit.....have to add something between the Lee plate and the bench primer.......onward! Having fun.....while my company seems to be running fine without me.:feet: (that's the, "I only thought I was important" icon)
     
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  4. GaryL

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    It was 2 or 3. I didn't ask - he seemed pretty focused on whatever he was doing. The only question I had was "I hope he's not loading up on liquid courage in the back of that camper". So one time walked behind his truck on the way to mine to get something (I didn't need), and one look in and I was like wow - what a sweet setup. I didn't stop to look or anything, so I only remember a couple presses, several cans of powder, boxes of bullets, and tools, shelves and drawers, that sort of thing. The sort of thing you can take in in a few steps. I don't even recall what his targets looked like. A couple guys at that range would use targets with 20 2" targets on it at 100yds, and if I said nice shooting, they would respond with, clover leafs don't even get you into the top 10. Oh my....
     
  5. FROGO207

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    I can reload and shoot at home or at the private club I belong to. We have to decontaminate after use there so I probably will just stay home and prep brass. That could take a year or more to go through all my 223, 243, 308/7.62X51, and 30-06 I have stockpiled.:scrutiny: Then on to the other less used stuff. Like the three 5 gallon buckets of 9MM brass to be sorted and cleaned.:eek: I will check back here daily to see if the world is still sane.:p
     
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  6. Skgreen

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    So far, I've been told that we are encouraged, but not required, to work from home. Plenty of space between all of us at the Office, so I'm glad to be able to stay there.
    (Probably b/c the Wife is already working from home! )
    My local (outdoor) range is open. Went shooting today. I overheard they had a 2 box limit on ammo.
    No more than 5 in the Pro Shops at once,,, etc. I'm feeling very fortunate (for the time being, at least)
    Loaded some 45 w/WST before heading to the Range. I'm heading to the press here shortly.
     
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  7. Wis-Harpo

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    I had 4 different .45 cal bullets, with 3 to 4 different powder loadings each that I have been going to shoot to see which bullets to order. I waited ( put it off ) for over month to do the load/bullet testing. Now I can shoot them and find out which bullets I can't find anywhere. Retirement tends to have me think that there is plenty of time to do other things. So instead of load testing the 45 ACP, I had fun shooting Trap--Skeet-- and Sporting Clays. The good news is that at the place I retired from that has over 250 people , 2/3 of them were told to work from home . But the job I had was essential and I would still be working now. So if 2/3 of the employees were non-essential , why do they still have a job ???
     
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  8. Lennyjoe

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    Rolled some 10MM today. Finished it up and switched over to .45 ACP. Have some test loads to fire but not sure when I can shoot since local range is closed due to virus and new orders from Ohio Governor to stay at home.
     
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  9. Wis-Harpo

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    At our outdoor range, the gate was unlocked on Fri--Sat-- and Sun. Now the gate is locked all the time because members would give guests their loaded shooting cards to shoot without the member. We buy trap clays by the 25 birds, and Sporting by the 100 birds that are put on a plastic card. Like a credit card that you put in at the shooting station, but the birds are subtracted as you shoot. I have been to a Sporting setup where you use the card at every station, and you pay for the clays you shoot at the club house when you are done. Now you have to wear your badge to prevent all of that going on. The club house is closed, but you can still buy birds, powder, primers, and shot if the club house manager is there. You don't need a card for the Pistol bays and the 100-200-300-and 400 rifle range. The same goes there, about non-members shooting.
     
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    I live in SC. My range is closed, so I just keep reloading more ammo. I'm also getting more chores done around the house. For fun I painted my front porch this weekend.
     
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  11. cfullgraf

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    25 or 30 years ago, I was on temporary duty for my employer at a plant different from my home. For "entertainment" while away from the family, I built a portable stand for my reloading press so that I could have something to do in the evenings. Then, when home on the weekends, I had ammunition to shoot.

    I liked the independent stand for the press concept, that I have continued to use the stands in my reloading room to this day.

    These days, I have several different presses and each has its own stand. Presses/stands not in use are stored up against the wall consuming a minimum amout of floor space. The press/stand in use is moved to the reloading table.

    Here is the stand I built for my RCBS Pro2000 shortly before putting it in operation. I have similar stands for my Redding single stage press, Dillon SDB press, Hornady, L-N-L press, and Dillon BL550 press.
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  12. GW Staar

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    Chuck I love the stand, I love the press, I even love the color of the press!

    But mostly I love the skill you learned to be able to weld it together! That's one of the two skills I never had an opportunity to learn in this life, that I wish had. The other was fighter pilot. ;) Did not have 20-20 vision when I applied for AFROTC as a kid. They couldn't understand why I didn't want to become a navigator .... I became a carpenter/building contractor instead.....what a let down........at least I can hammer or screw wood together....
     
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    I'm impressed. Nice job. Looks plenty rigid. Do you need to put any weight on it for the upstroke on a stubborn cartridge?
     
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    I put my feet on the front legs of the stand. Not specifically needed but helpful with a stubborn case. If I need the weight, it means I made a goof somewhere.
     
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  15. The Happy Kaboomer

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    I am retired. I always cast/load/shoot here at home. Also make #8 shot. I have my own personal skeet field and rifle/pistol range here that i built on my property. So range time is never closed.
     

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    Moved from pistol to rifle today. Loading up some 405 grain Woodleigh bullets over Reloader 7 for the 45-70. Have an August black bear hunt in Canada and need to be ready for it. Using the old Lyman for rifle now.

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    I normally work from home, but am typically too busy to do non-work items during the day. Currently though, that is not the case, things are s l o w. Plan to start on a few thousand 40s&w this afternoon.
     
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    I already have that back yard and the less desirables in my neighborhood just leave me the hell alone.
     
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    The local range was open so I stopped in and test fired some 125 gr .357 loads along with some .45 ACP 230 gr Zero JHP. Got good results with both so I’ll fire up the progressive and run them both thru
     
  20. Chuck R.

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    I gotta tell ya, I've got my own pistol/rifle range that goes out to 760yds with berms and swingers, but I'm 100% in awe of your home skeet field! The elevated houses are just plain cool.
     
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  21. rodinal220

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    No so much reloading, but sorting a lot of range pick up brass. Good time for me to wet/dry tumble brass and get it ready for reloading. And then the dreaded trimming.
     
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    Being another thats retired I'm not sure that the question really relates to me. Well, maybe a little. My Wife takes anti-rejection meds that weaken her immune system so we're staying at home more.

    I just posted in another thread about being finished with organizing my brass stash. But I do something in my loading room about every day. With warmer weather I'm fixing to do a lot of casting. I have a bunch of 44's and 45's prepped and primed and ready to load.

    I also have a Prairie Dog hunt scheduled for late May and will start loading for it pretty soon.
     
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